Revisiting Balram Singh Rai

The Government of Guyana must now resign in their abysmal failure to protect the nation against Crime Guyanese families of East Indian descent are the victims of crime at a volatile rate of incidence that exceeds 90 percent.

Revisiting Balram Singh Rai
Photo : Balram Singh Rai

The Government of Guyana must now resign in their abysmal failure to protect the nation against Crime

Guyanese families of East Indian descent are the victims of crime at a volatile rate of incidence that exceeds 90 percent. This ongoing statistic has a direct correlation with the ethnic composition of Guyana's law enforcement agency, the Guyana Police Force and the country's army sporting a statistic that exceeds 90 percent of persons of African descent.

It is publicly known and relatively understood within and outside of Guyana that the ethnicity of the perpetrators of these vicious acts of crime is, primarily, of African descent.

In 1997, the publicly revealed and known results of the general election shows 97 percent of persons within both these public organizations voted for the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR).

In 1962, the then Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Balram Singh Rai (February 8, 1921 - Present) Guyana Politician, a member of the then Peoples Progressive Party made a publicly known call for a change to the composition of the country's law enforcement agency to reflect more closely that of the national population.

At the end of indentureship within the colony of British Guiana in 1914, the ethnic composition of the population was 50 to 30 percent of East Indians to Africans respectively.

Photo : Kris Kooblall

This ethnic composition of the national population with regard to the two ethnicities lasted for more than a century. And today reflects an ethnic composition of East Indians approx. 40 percent, Africans 30 percent with a mixed race approx. 20 percent and Amerindians 10 percent (based on the 2012 census).

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It is a popularly known fact in history that the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan had requested the then Governor of British Guiana to revoke Mr. Balram Singh Rai's Home Affairs ministerial portfolio in June 1962 because Mr. Rai's would not retract his statement that the Jagans rigged the People's Progressive Party elections for Party Chairman post in 1962. Rai was not going to be bullied or become a Communist as was the Jagans' ideology at the time.

The Jagans passed around slips to delegate-voters, with names they were meant to vote for.

Dr. Cheddi Jagan remarked of Mr. Rai that "he (Mr. Rai) is trying to divide the nation".

Mr. Balram Singh Rai, now an aging gentleman of 98 years spends his final days in a nursing home in Oxford, England on the outskirts of London and being cared for by one of his two sons both of whom are medical doctors.

Guyanese families of East Indian descent are now living, in some ways, the reality of the position taken by the then Peoples Progressive Party in 1962.

The current Opposition the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic lead by Mr. Bharat Jagdeo thro' their active supporters and their agents on social media are very quick to condemn the current Government of Guyana by posting pictures of the victims of crime almost exclusively of East Indian descent in their bloodied state as quickly as these brutal events take place.

Yet they are not as quick to point out that this exact fiasco occurred under their watch as well and the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic had absolutely no solutions.

In today's Guyana, there are two major political players, The Peoples Progressive Party/Civic and the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) supported by persons of East Indian and of African descent respectively.

Ethnic politics have been practiced in the South American nation for almost seven decades and both political parties have deeply tainted political history. The Peoples National Congress have committed acts of criminality and the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic is a party steeped in corruption.

One shudders to think that an election will inevitably, based on the political model of the last seven decades, return these two political pariahs, once again, to the halls of power